New York Jets offensive lineman Austin Howard has ended his tenure with the team. Unable to reach a new contract before the free agency deadline, Howard was quickly acquired by the Oakland Raiders the moment his name was available for the taking.
At first, it appeared the Jets were about to close in on Howard, but talks fell through as the deadline approached. Howard agreed to a five-year, $30 million dollar offer from the Raiders. The Jets offered a very similar deal, a five-year deal at around $25 million, but Howard felt it wasn’t near his self evaluation. Howard has been a consistent member of the Jets’ offensive line and contributed heavily on protecting the quarterback and creating excellent gaps on rushing plays.
Most Jets fans expected the team to hit the first day of free agency hard to acquire a big name like other NFL teams did. The frenzy is indeed a spectacle to watch as many teams jumped in to make a big splash right off the bat. Keep in mind that the Jets don’t operate like that, especially with GM John Idzik.
At the moment, the Jets have two big interviews scheduled for Wednesday. They are bringing in offensive lineman Breno Giacomini as well as WR Eric Decker, and will most likely make offers to acquire both in the second day of free agency. Patience is a great virtue in life, and the Jets always exercise that faith with free agency.